New Hearing Services for the bush delivered through Flying Doctor Service and Hearing Australia
Frank Quinlan RFDS Federation Executive Director, Dr Peta Seaton Hearing Australia Chair & the Hon Minister Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert MP, today announced a new collaboration between Hearing Australia and the iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) which will see innovative hearing screening tools adopted and rolled out across the country as part of RFDS primary health care clinics to remote areas.
RFDS clinicians across the country will be equipped with cutting-edge tools developed by the internationally recognised research division of Hearing Australia, the National Acoustic Laboratories, to help identify young children who may have hearing problems.
The national rollout comes after successful trials conducted by Hearing Australia and the RFDS in Western Queensland in 2018 and the Broken Hill region in 2019 and will see additional, innovative hearing screening tools, training and hearing referral pathways across Australia over the next year.
Mr Kim Terrell, the Managing Director of Hearing Australia, highlighted the importance of the collaboration and the support of the RFDS. ‘It’s important we work together to improve access to hearing services across Australia and prevent hearing loss, particularly in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we look forward to working with the RFDS to make a real difference to the lives of people across Australia."
For over 70 years, Hearing Australia has been helping Australians rediscover the joy of sound. Its mission is to provide world leading research and hearing services for the wellbeing of all Australians. Hearing Australia operates in over 600 locations across Australia and is the nation’s largest provider of government-funded hearing services for children, young adults up to 26, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, pensioners and veterans.
The full media release is now live on the Minister’s website.
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